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Is it just me, or is the Polish diet rather unhealthy?

18 Sep 2009 /  #61
Tuna Sandwiches are considered low cal. Were you concerned about the Mayo being too fattening?

Is the Polish diet unhealthy?
18 Sep 2009 /  #62
I am again reminded about the stereotype of Jews and Chinese food. I wonder if we helped introduce China and Poland to each other? At least in America, the Jews and Chinese get along pretty well, considering that Chinese restaurants are filled with disgruntled Hasidim and other party-poopin Jewish people every Christmas (and maybe there are Messianic Jews who are having a special dinner in honor of Chinese Christians who get persecuted especially during the Christmas season; but as a Jewish-Polish American and a Jewish Christian, I doubt that most Messianic Jews wouldn't want to be out there celebrating the non-"pagan" part of Christmas).
18 Sep 2009 /  #63
As no one is prepared to answer Dnz's insults (no one takes them seriously?) towards Polish cuisine, let me sum up his interesting views on the subject:

Dnz thinks that all Polish food is vile, everything is fried and covered in mayonaise and raw cabbage, and that about 90% of the food here is inedible by western standards.

Polish people know that their food is bland and greasy. That is why they eat beetroot, cabbage and those disgusting pickle things which act as a laxative. To help themselves in this undoubtedely desperate situation, Polish people simply don't eat much. Yet, all this is in vain as, despite their efforts, the Polish life expectancy is far lower than some 3rd world countries.

To make things painfully clear to Polish people, he argues that nothing can beat a good old Sunday roast with Yorkshire puds.

Finally, Dnz is highly surprised that anyone has not yet posted anything that would stamp British cuisine in a similar way, saying - for example - "well, at least we don't eat fish and chips all the time" as a response to his propos about Polish food.


Yes, we do agree with everything stated above, but definitely not with his opinion on Yorkshire puddings, which - when eaten every Sunday - may happen to be the cause of dangerous lesions in someone's brain.
18 Sep 2009 /  #64

I think I answered him in my post #84.
18 Sep 2009 /  #65
Thank you for that reply, Is it actually true about the laxative properties of certain foods being used to combat the overall greasiness of many foods?

It made for interesting reading as both me and my G/F have often wondered why polish people are so thin yet the food appears to be very fattening,

I was also unaware that Yorkshire puds can cause brain damage, do you have a link to this as i find that quite worrying.
18 Sep 2009 /  #66
PP, please go to Subway and check out the number of calories a tuna sarnie has.

I'm eating Polish rice crackers/biscuits now, only 35kcal per cracker. That's what I need. Very healthy.
18 Sep 2009 /  #67
only 35kcal per cracker

You are, hopefully, aware that a person requires calories to actually stay alive? Isn't the required daily amount somewhere around 2000 calories for men and slightly less for women? Also, fat is a necessary part of the diet as the brain and nervous system require fat to function properly (I'm not talking mounds of grease here ofc).
18 Sep 2009 /  #68
please go to Subway and check out the number of calories a tuna sarnie has

Even if you order wheat bread, it's usually not actually whole-wheat flour.
18 Sep 2009 /  #69
PP, please go to Subway and check out the number of calories a tuna sarnie has.

It still doesn't warrant having to pay £6 for a sandwich though no matter how healthy it is :)
18 Sep 2009 /  #70
Even if you order wheat bread, it's usually not actually whole-wheat flour.

That's too bad. I wish it were, but restaurants cheat.

Seanus, next time I'm in, I'll check. I think it says on the napkins. I can't recall if the Tuna 6 inch is on the lite menu.

You mean the puffy rice crackers? Those are a great option for calorie counters. Do you put anything on yours?
18 Sep 2009 /  #71
Yeah, we need calories to live but 2000 is rather a lot if you are not highly active. I wouldn't class myself as highly active though I am reasonably so.

PP, I put a little margerine on but not always. The company that produces them is called Sonko and they taste great.
18 Sep 2009 /  #72
Seanus, next time I'm in, I'll check. I think it says on the napkins. I can't recall if the Tuna 6 inch is on the lite menu.

The small one (15cm) is 530 calories.
18 Sep 2009 /  #74
530 calories seems high. You would have to do some physical activity after eating one. I don't know how that compares to their other sandwiches. I usually stick to the lite menu endorsed by that guy that lost a lot of weight eating there everyday (forgot his name).

Seanus, you can try some tuna and light mayo on your Sonko rice crackers. If you don't eat a lot of them, it would be a nice alternative to a fattening sandwich.

Btw, beetroot is very good for you, so is cabbage. Those ingredients might mitigate some of the more unhealthy ones, like food fried in fat. When I make a salad I always chop up a beet and add it.
18 Sep 2009 /  #75
beetroot is very good for you, so is cabbage.

true and pickled food which Poland has plenty of has some good natural bacteria which speeds up the digestion process, so there you go.

Vile kiszona kapusta and ogorki are actually good for you:)
18 Sep 2009 /  #76
Have to say my two favorite foods are beets and salmon because of nutritional content. You get a lot of nutrients from them both. I eat both nearly every day (but not together).
18 Sep 2009 /  #77
I eat tuna 3 times a week on average. I put a tiny dash of mayo on it, just to moisten it but sometimes the brine is enough.

I prefer this to standard Polish food which, although tasty, has more calories than I'd like. It's more stodgy winter food.
Wroclaw Boy  
19 Sep 2009 /  #78
Its rather unheathy lets take the most popular dish Schnitzel or Schabowi (not sure about the spelling), its basically battened out pork loin coated in flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Thats pretty fatty but the average accompaniments are boiled potatoes and salad in the form of gherkins and/or a red cabbage. Better than most UK dishes on the calorie front.

There are many healthy traditional Polish dishes such as Bigos, Golabki etc containing rice, veg and meat.

Its all about personal consumption awarness.
19 Sep 2009 /  #79
Schabowy, WB. I know what you mean. It's not that bad but isn't exactly a diet food either.
Wroclaw Boy  
19 Sep 2009 /  #80
Hey man, winters coming look on the bright side, soups, casseroles and lots of tasty boiled meat dishes and of course roast dinners. Food always tastes better in winter ive been busting out the old English breakfasts over the last few days and they taste like heaven.
19 Sep 2009 /  #81
Good stuff! The full English breakfast in the morning to keep you going til the stew or casserole comes round, the stuff of legends! It's interesting that you mention winter. It's moving in that direction as the nights are closing/drawing in quicker but it's still officially summer.
Wroclaw Boy  
19 Sep 2009 /  #82
It's moving in that direction as the nights are closing/drawing in quicker but it's still officially summer.

Ohh its definately cold here right now, in the last few day ive been wearing a jumper/pull over. I look forward to winter in many ways, that for me means snowboarding holidays and loads of winter food, busted out from the freezer today a big old turkey thigh for a roast tomorrow, maybe even some yorkshire puddings, what the hell.
19 Sep 2009 /  #83
Well, Polish food is better suited for winter. On a hot summer's day, I look at pierogi (slang for pus*y but I mean the food), bigos and gołąbki and think 'nah'. BBQ's are do-able as they are outdoors and you can enjoy some beer too. Sitting in some milk bars here can be weird. They look at me like I'm brown-skinned, bearded and with a turban.

Turkey is legendary. I've spent the last 2 Xmas's here and have had it up to here with carp. I'm off home to enjoy a quality Xmas meal this time round. Roast beef and Colmans would be a good lunch for me tomorrow. They have Colmans at the deli on the rynek here.
Wroclaw Boy  
19 Sep 2009 /  #84
Rosol or Risanka for the morniong after, come on never before have i ever heard of or at the very least tasted a hang over cure so potent, the stuff of legends i say.

During the summer we eat loads of pasta, fried fish and chicken. not the traditional Polish dishes but i love Polish food its so simple and utilises all the simplest ingredients. Fantastic.
19 Sep 2009 /  #85
Get that salt down ye :) Killing two birds with one stone. The Poles prefer those 2Kac tablets, I've never tried them.

You should try some risotto with prawns, peas and chicken. The buillion/stock cube is important.

It's mince n tatties tonight. Gotta love gravy too

Yeah, the genius of Polish cooking is its simplicity. They need to overlook the standard options and look to their spices and accoutrements for fish as you said. The problem is that they don't venture off the beaten track. If they do, it's often by default. My fiancee's mum served sth equivalent to Admiral's/Fisherman's Pie by Youngs. I couldn't get enough of it. A lovely cheesy sauce. The fish from the Baltic is apparently stuff to die for.
19 Sep 2009 /  #86
Polish food is better suited for winter

Poland is up north and it's colder than the southern countries (Italy, Greece, etc) where people eat more veggies and fruits...

unhealthy...? Brits eat beans for breakfast... ;) they have "fart" all day long... farciarze... ;)
19 Sep 2009 /  #87
Brits eat beans for breakfast

they do?
I love Polish food and don't see it as "unhealthy" at's all made with fresh ingredients, not from a packet like so much English food.
19 Sep 2009 /  #88
Njc, the students and lower grade workers do. Scotland is even further north, pgtx. Beans are far from unhealthy if you take away the sodium aspect.
19 Sep 2009 /  #89
He sounds like a bad cook. I wouldn't eat anything he makes either...:(

So what....

cable Sep 17, 09, 15:21

He is a Polish....u should be proud of your luck already.... eat whatever he cooks 8-) and then worship
19 Sep 2009 /  #90
take away the sodium aspect.

And that is quite controlable. If you make them yourself.

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